Classic Apple Turnovers

side view photo of 5 apple turnovers in the sunlight with apples on the side

These Apple Turnovers are the ultimate classic Fall dessert! Made with store bought puff pastry, they are loaded with warm cooked apples and tucked into a flaky buttery pastry. Win win! 

Happy Friday, friends! I truly can’t believe this is the last weekend of October. To celebrate, I wanted to share this delicious new baking recipe….because if you’re not baking during Fall, you must start! 

Why You’ll Love These Apple Turnovers: 

First off, there isn’t a better time to buy apples than RIGHT NOW! They’re so fresh, ripe and in season. 

I particularly love honey crisp – that’s my all time favorite and what I ended up using for this recipe. I swear it’s like eating candy, they’re so sweet! 

Second….I absolutely love that this is a no fuss recipe! Using the store bought puff pastry is a game changer and it bakes up so beautifully! 

The pastries turn out golden brown, flaky, puffy, buttery….all the things you want in a warm pastry that you take out of the oven. 

overhead photo of baked apple turnovers in the light with a bowl of raw sugar and apples as a prop

When it comes to the apples, you cook them down in a mixture of butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. They get soft and so flavorful. 

It’s really a major act of self control to not just eat them straight from the pan while warm….but it’s worth it to hold out, I promise!

The combination of the flaky puff pastry loaded with the warm cooked apples is DYNAMITE! I love the crunchy cinnamon sugar topping on the top of the pastries as well. 

side view photo of half of turnover with cooked apples overflowing out of it

Another thing I love about this treat? I feel like they can be consumed at any time of the day! Have one with breakfast with a cup of coffee or as a mid day treat. Or, if you’re feeling extra crazy, put it in a bowl with some vanilla ice cream for a late night dessert and enjoy your life! Ha!

So let’s get into what exactly you need to bake these up.

Ingredients You Need: 

Puff Pastry – I use the Jus-Rol brand, you can find it in most grocery stores in the refrigerated section. If you end up using a frozen brand, be sure that you let it thaw before you baking!

Apples – I used honeycrisp apples for this recipe but you can also sub gala apples. 

Light brown sugar – This is the sweetness added to the pears while cooking – a must have!

Salted Butter – You can also use unsalted, but the saltiness really adds something to this recipe!

Cornstarch – this helps the cooked pear mixture thicken up and not just be a runny mess! 

Cinnamon – the ultimate Fall spice, it gives this recipe a warmth and coziness about it that you can’t miss out on. 

Egg – to help get that perfectly golden brown turnover, you need to make an egg wash!

Turbinado Sugar – this sugar is sprinkled on top of the pre-cooked turnovers for an added crunch, so good!

Step by Step Instructions on How to Make Turnovers: 

  1. Slice your apples into bite size pieces. Add the salted butter into a medium size pan and let it melt on medium heat. Once melted, add in the chopped apples as well as the brown sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch. Stir until all of the apples are coated and then let the mixture cook for 5-6 minutes or until softened and the mixture has thickened. 
  2. Once the apples are cooked, let that mixture COOL for about 15 minutes. Then, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  3. Grab a large sheet pan. Add parchment paper if your puff pastry doesn’t already have it in the package (pro-tip, Jus-Rol comes rolled onto parchment paper!)..lay the puff pastry sheet onto the pan. Slice it into 6 large equal squares. 
  4. Add 1.5-2 tbsp of the apple mixture into the middle of the squares. Gently take one side of the pastry and fold it into a triangle, be sure to line up the edges! cooked apples on top of the puff pastry squares
  5. Crimp the edges closed with a fork. Poke three holes in the middle of each pastry with the fork. Whisk egg in a bowl to make egg wash and then brush the egg wash over the pastries. In a small bowl, combine turbinado sugar and a little bit of cinnamon. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over each turnover.puff pastry folded into triangles sprinkled with the sugar and cinnamon mixture on a pan
  6. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes and then enjoy.freshly baked turnovers on pan

Best Baking Tips: 

Be sure that you let the apple mixture cool properly otherwise the heat of it will mess up the puff pastry. You can remove it from the pan to help it cool quicker, or even pop it in the fridge. 

When you’re making the turnovers, be sure to line up the edges when you’re forming the triangle. Crimp the edges shut tightly with a fork – this will make sure that the apples don’t spill out all over the pan while baking. 

two different halves of baked turnovers with apples in them with an apple in the background

You want to let these cool some but of course, they are quite delicious when they’re eaten warm. 

And of course, as always, make sure that your oven is properly preheated and ready to go! This will ensure that your pastries bake up perfectly. 

Storing Leftovers: 

These are certainly best when enjoyed while fresh, however, if you do have leftovers, store them in a tightly sealed container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to eat them, you can microwave until your preferred temperature is reached or just eat them without the microwave! 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are few other apple recipes you might like: 

Cinnamon Spice Baked Apples

Apple Blondies with Apple Butter Glaze 

Glazed Apple Fritter Bread 

Caramel Apple Turnovers

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Apple Turnovers

These Apple Turnovers are the ultimate classic Fall dessert! Made with store bought puff pastry, they are loaded with warm cooked apples and tucked into a flaky buttery pastry. Win win! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple turnovers, classic apple turnovers, easy apple desserts, fall apple desserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 turnovers
Author Haylie


Apple Filling

  • 1 and 1/2 medium honey crisp apples, diced into bite size pieces (about 2 cups worth)
  • 2 tbsp salted butter 
  • 1 tsp cornstarch 
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 


  • 1 13.2 oz sheet store bought puff pastry (I like the brand Jus-Rol the best!)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten for egg wash
  • 2-3 tbsp raw (turbinado) sugar + 1/2 tsp cinnamon, mixed together


Making the Apples

  1. Dice the apples into small bite size pieces.

  2. To a large pan, melt the butter on medium heat. Once melted, add in the diced apples, brown sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Mix together. Let these cook for 5-6 minutes or so to soften. Once they are done, set aside let this mixture cool for 15-20 minutes.

Making the Turnovers

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out your puff pastry onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

  2. Slice the puff pastry into 6 large equal squares.

  3. To the middle of each square, add about 1.5-2 tbsp of cooked apples.

  4. Gently fold over the pastry to make a triangle. Make sure that the edges line up and then crimp them with a fork to seal it. Make sure you crimp well to avoid the apple filling leaking! 

  5. Use the fork to poke a few holes in the tops of the turnovers. 

  6. Lightly beat an egg to make egg wash and brush it over top of the pastries. 

  7. In a small bowl, mix together the raw sugar and cinnamon. Generously sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over top of the puff pastry triangles.

  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes and then enjoy!

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